The rumour mill has been in full flow since the lads at AVFanSide got a video of Darren Bent saying he hopes to be leaving Villa in the near future.
Many, like myself, have questioned Bent’s commitment to the cause since he joined the Villans back in January 2011. The England International went on to score 9 goals in 16 league appearances, saving Villa from relegation in the 2010-11 season. Since then the forward has only scored 12 goals in 38 league appearances over the last two seasons due to injury and political issues at Villa.
One person who has a view on the Bent situation at Villa is English sports radio presenter Jonny Gould. The TalkSPORT presenter and TV sports pundit has been a Villa fan since 1976 and doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his beloved Villa.
Jonny spoke about his dissatisfaction regarding Bent’s time at Villa:
I’m disappointed his career has declined so rapidly at Villa. His injury in the McLeish season coincided with Lambert’s appointment and Lambert had a clear plan to build a team based on youth and his own ideals. Bent was clearly too long in the tooth to embrace his ideas.
It’s clear Bent’s continued time at Villa Park is a strain on the squad. He’s still got another club in him although his career is littered with false starts and moves capitalising on good form and self improvement or sudden failure. However it’d worked out at Villa, he’d have left in exactly the same way.
On a brighter note, Gould commented as well about BentekeGate and his excitement about the new season under Lambert:
I’m delighted about Benteke and all our signings and re-signings too. Benteke and Villa’s fortunes are entwined together this season. Statistically no Premier League team relies on one player as much as Aston Villa does. He was responsible for 40% of our goals last season. At Tottenham, Bale is back at 32%. He was badly advised to hand in a transfer request but it precipitated a first class response from both Paul Lambert and the board so all’s well that ends well.
I am among thousands of other Villa fans when I say this coming season is the first I’m looking forward to since the start of O’Neill’s last season. Villa can improve to at least midtable with an exciting brand of football.
I for one share Jonny’s views on the above topics. What do you think? Leave your comments in the section below.